Teresa Whitfield has an MA in Drawing from Wimbledon School of Art, and is currently a course leader in Fine Art at Northbrook College, Sussex.
Teresa says of her own work:
'Characterised by a close resemblance to real fabric my highly detailed ink drawings reference a time before the industrial revolution, when hand-made textiles were part of everyday domestic life for women. My fascination with lace was instigated by the recognition of a close similarity between lace and line drawing; in early hand-made lace the threads have been woven in miniature by the use of bobbins and are all visible on a flat two-dimensional surface exactly like a drawn line.'
Teresa draws inspiration for her drawings from items of lace in museums across the UK. She hopes that her drawings will allow the public to view items that are usually hidden in museum archives, thus allowing a modern audience to re-evaluate their opinions on them.
Teresa has drawn lace items from museums across Britain, including Worthing Museum, Bexhill Museum, the Salisbury Museum, Nottingham Castle Museum, the Museum of Fashion in Bath, Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She hopes her drawings will engage the viewer in a dialogue, about the social and cultural changes brought about by the loss of the home textile industry.